Exciting progress has been made in restructuring the way that biodiversity data are displayed across the UK.

Following the development of the NBN AtlasNBN Atlas Scotland, NBN Atlas Wales and NBN Atlas Isle of Man, the NBN Atlas Northern Ireland has also now been developed.

The NBN Atlas Northern Ireland offers the ability to create a Northern Ireland view, bringing together species and habitat data and offering functionality including the ability to view photographs, search for biological data by predefined areas, by postcode or by polygon search tools, find organisations working in a particular area (geographic or taxonomic) and create alerts for species records.  

This project is part of the work programme to build NBN Atlas infrastructure for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Each of these NBN Atlases has the same functionality and same basic design and is supported by a single database, the NBN Atlas, but offers users a more focused, local view of the national data holdings.

The NBN Atlas Northern Ireland has been built using the Atlas of Living Australia’s open source biodiversity data infrastructure and is intended to deliver on the fourth Strategic aim of the NBN Strategy to: Provide the best biological information management infrastructure and ensure stability, security and usability for an increasingly mature data management infrastructure.